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Out of Sorrow, Hope: AVSI-USA Responds to Hurricane Katrina
Monday, 12 September 2005 00:00

Following Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of thousands of people find themselves without a home, schooling, a job or income, and face each day amid great uncertainty and deep sorrow. The disruption of their families and the prospect of having to start a new life far away from their roots and friends have brought incomprehensible pain. Their needs can be summarized in only one word: everything. A friendly companionship with the victims, sharing their needs and sorrow to discover the meaning of suffering and the precariousness of human life, is the path to reawaken hope that can make a difference in their lives.


AVSI-USA, in response to the Pope’s appeal and the invitation of its supporters throughout the country, has launched a fundraising campaign. Rather than providing first-aid items, the focus of our campaign will be the displaced families in the areas of Louisiana (Baton Rouge and Laplace) and TexasHouston) in their priority needs for housing, work, medical fees, and school attendance. To date, we have already received fourteen detailed requests from our friends in these areas to assist in covering the expenses of those families who have opened their homes and hearts to host displaced families. The president of AVSI-USA has been asked to accompany the Pontifical Council COR UNUM to bring witness of the solidarity of Pope Benedict XVI to the victims and rescue workers in Louisiana and will report back on the situation and experience of that mission. (


Checks can be written out to AVSI-USA with mention of “Katrina“  in the subject line, and mailed to the following address:



1000 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 403

Washington, DC 20006


AVSI-USA is a public charity 501(c)(3); all donations are tax deductible and AVSI-USA will send receipt of each donation received.


Updates on the campaign will be regularly posted on our website: